Sunday 28th October 2018
I was either going to have a day off today or Preview the Criterium over at Chantilly but several folk ask if i’m previewing the Old Roan at Aintree and with me being a man of the people here we are. Enjoy!
Aintree – (3.00) (Class 1) (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
The Old Roan Chase is a Grade 2 Chase that’s contested over a distance of two miles and four furlongs and this year’s renewal has attracted a nine runner field with a sum of just over £45,000 going to to the winner. It see’s the now Donald McCain trained Cloudy Dream (5/2) currently head affairs partnered up with Brian Hughes. He’s a horse that developed himself into somewhat of a serial placer throughout the years running big races in defeat in many a top contest. If fully tuned up he could well go one better in this and finally get his head in front as he brings the best form to the table. Frodon (5/1) for Paul Nicholls arrives here on the back of a solid chasing campaign last year and is still a relatively young horse but with a fair amount of experience. He’s certainly a player coming into this and has the services of Bryony Frost on this occasion. Nigel Twiston-Davies is represented here by Flying Angel (4/1) who’s fairly recently had a wind operation and is a horse that can go well first time out. His form is rather in and out however he did get the better of Cloudy Dream back in 2017 in a Grade 1 novice affair. Sam looks to take the ride. The prolific yard of Dan Skelton sends Value At Risk (11/2) to take his chance in this contest a horse that is more than capable on his day, he’s another horse that can go well when coming off a break and this trip is one that he seems to be appreciate.
The Emma Lavelle trained Javert (7/1) has won every time he’s completed a race over fences and won nicely when last seen at Uttoxeter. He’s got a lot more on his plate here though for a horse that’s not had a vast experience over the big obstacles. Theo (14/1) arrives here of the back of two straight victories and seems to be thriving at the minute for Dr Richard Newland however he’s shot up the weights as consequence and a sizeable step up is needed should he go close within this company. Sean Bowen is on board. Voix D’Eau (16/1) formerly of Harry Fry and now with Lucinda Russell lines up in the field and he’s a consistent sort who often finishes in the frame within handicap company, however he’ll need to put somewhere near a career best should he go close in this. Callum Bewley looks to take the ride. Templehills (18/1) is Nigel Twiston-Davies other representative here and here heads into this off the a back of a win in a fairly minor event last time at Warwick, a clear step up is needed here and Ramses De Teillee (20/1) concludes the field for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore.
🥇1ST: FLYING ANGEL (4/1)
🥈2ND: CLOUDY DREAM (2/1)
🥉3RD: VALUE AT RISK (11/2)
‘Whilst Cloudy Dream has the clear form to win this there’s question marks over his willingness when it comes down to the finish, Flying Angel has got the better of him once and I think he could well do again here as he’s gone well fresh before. Value At Risk could make up the placings for the Skeltons.’